[Christ Pantocrator Sinai]
[Orthodox Cross] Fellowship of St. Silas
An Eastern Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
[Man Clasping Hands]
Father's Messages -
September 2009

Christ is in our midst!

"This shall be written for the generation to come, 'And the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.' For He hath looked down from the height of the sanctuary, form heaven did the Lord behold the earth. To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are appointed to death, to declare the name of the Lord in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem." (Psalms 102:18-22)

The church year has begun. For us, it is an opportunity for us to participate in the life of Christ, not just on Sundays, but the entire year. A year sounds like a long time, yet it passes by quickly under the presence of the eternal God. For us who follow Christ, we participate not only in earthly events with our family and our church, we also participate in the joy of God's presence which brings meaning to everything we encounter - even the moments of trials and testing.

I recently received a call from one of our flock who is out of prison for a number of years now. He is an outstanding young black man who yearns to help prisoners. He came from a poor family and in his poverty, he made some bad decisions. He was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. He also spent six years in a solitary cell. We had the joy of chrismating him while he was in prison. He turned his prison cell into a prayer cell.

By God's mercy, he went back to court and was acquitted of the crimes he was accused of. You would think he would be bitter, but he isn't. He even went back to school and received his Masters in Psychology. Words cannot express the joy we feel knowing that this ex-prisoner is now a prisoner of our Lord. His life now is in the life of the church and he has let the bitterness of his past leave his heart in order for him to have a heart to serve our Lord god and Savior Jesus Christ.

We thank God for you, and we ask for your prayers for us and thank you for the earthly gifts that you have provided to allow this ministry of mercy to continue.

May the beauty of heaven consume you,
Fr. David Ogan

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